APPENDIX B : Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE) Research
This appendix provides an overview of the activities of the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE). It also meets the requirement to report on how research by the BTRE contributes to the achievement of the National Research Priorities announced by the Prime Minister in late 2002.
Who we are
BTRE is a specialist economic research arm of the Department of Transport and Regional Services. Its research and analysis enables the department and its customers to understand and make more informed decisions about transport and regional issues.
What we do
BTRE contributes to the wellbeing of all Australians by providing economic analysis, research and statistics on transport and regional issues for use by the Australian Government and by other government, industry and community customers.
How we make a difference
BTRE maintains unique data collections and is the sole source of data in a number of areas. BTRE's data and research is widely cited in public and private sector analysis as well as the media and is also cited in this annual report.
In 2004-05, BTRE hosted a two-day transport colloquium that brought together more than 200 business leaders, policy makers and academics from across Australia to discuss tomorrow's transport infrastructure (see case study page 89). It released reports on:
Free data and statistical updates were also provided to industry and the community on maritime, rail, aviation and road transport including through the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE) website www.bitre.gov.au
In 2005-06, BTRE expects to:
How we do business
BTRE's annual workplan is developed with input from external stakeholders and is subject to approval by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services. BTRE's costs-mainly those of its 44 staff-are attributed to and reported as part of the price of specific outputs.
BTRE CONTRIBUTION TO NATIONAL RESEARCH PRIORITIES
As the table below shows, BTRE research focuses mainly on issues relevant to the portfolio but does accord with the national research priorities in some instances. For copies of research and other publications, visit www.bitre.gov.au
a Environmental sustainability is broadly interpreted per the principles set out in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. A report against that Act is at Appendix E (page 201).